Kaye Cloutman has a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism at the University of the Philippines and also attended a 2-year Culinary Program at the Center of Culinary Arts in Manila. She is a self-confessed bookworm who practically grew up in the library, has an unusual penchant for the aroma of old books and finds the ambiance of a library very soothing. Kaye has 9 years of experience working with print, radio, and television media. She is popularly known as the ?Love Potion Columnist? for her sex and relationship advice columns in Mirror Magazine. She also bagged some accolades for her 2006 bridal magazine work with Philippine Graphic Publications. She continued her patriotic support of local Philippine talent by creating The Modern Balikbayan Bride published through Blurb, which serves as a valuable resource book (www.clout.org/balikbayanbride) to all prospective overseas brides planning their Philippine wedding.
Kaye is a Jane-of-all-trades whose career has gone from concocting organic and botanical body care products (www.clout.org/potionplanet) to training people in the wellness industry, doing a little bit of writing, and giving presentations to personality development seminars for would-be moms and career women back in Asia. She found she was spreading herself too thinly over her chosen endeavors, so early in 2004, this single mother finally gave some allegiance to herself, her life, and her daughter. She settled down and relocated to the United States after years of service to others in Asia. Kaye was very fortunate to tie the knot with John, a Silicon Valley maverick who empowered her by introducing her to the world of gears and gadgetry. She immersed herself with digital art, graphic layout, web design, and video editing. Kaye has always been fascinated with film and photography, so it was like second nature for her to be sucked in to all the ?techie? stuff. This became very beneficial because she also sought ways to improve her marketing and promotion skills.
After a few months, Kaye started to do freelance work by creating marketing collateral and websites for clients and friends in her area. She was really overwhelmed with all the cool things that were readily available to her; and though she swears this did not turn her into a techie geekazoid most of her friends insist otherwise. Though she has said goodbye to the glamorous life back in Asia and evolved into a PTA soccer mom, the joy she gets from spending time with her daughter and seeing her content, happy and confident in school is priceless - she wouldn?t exchange it for anything in the world. She?s grateful for all the blessings bestowed upon her and only wishes for everyone to be as fortunate as she is.
On a different note, Kaye has had an underlying heart defect since birth called Eisenmenger Syndrome. Doctors then gave her a life span of up to 18-20 years. Her faith towards a higher being, however, had always been her source of strength, faith, and determination to live, and Stanford doctors are astounded that she has lived this long with such a complicated medical condition. In the summer of 2007, her physicians feared for her life once again with the pregnancy of her second child. It was such a life-threatening situation that the doctors gave her only 40% chance of survival. The odds were also against her delivering a healthy normal child. They had closely monitored her during this time, and she had to undergo emergency c-section in her 7th month. She almost did not survive and had to spend long months in the ICU with complications and emergency surgeries but with God, her doctor?s and family?s help, she is now close to becoming a 100% normal PTA Soccer mom. Kaye was never enslaved by her ailment - to the contrary, she?s an eternal optimist. More than a hundred doctors were seeing her during her hospital stay and they had commended her for her strong willpower to live on. They featured Kaye in their annual report as the first Eisenmenger Syndrome mother to successfully give birth to a normal healthy child and also survive the pregnancy (page 13 of the 2008 Stanford Annual Report).
Kaye says that although she may not be financially wealthy she firmly believes that she possesses the greatest treasures in the world. A loving and devoted husband, a daughter that would make any parent proud, a fourth chance in life and a heavenly little blessing named John Folsom Cloutman IV. ?Working as a news correspondent for great people like Dodjie and Sharon has been very therapeutic for me and instrumental in my goal to live a normal life once again. I will be forever grateful to them for allowing me to be part of their winning team.